Having a record expunged is an important step for eligible persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor and have completed their sentence or paid their fine. Having a criminal record can lead to many issues, so it is in your best interest to expunge it as soon as possible. When a record is expunged, it is removed from public filing and unavailable in a search.
Misdemeanors are generally referred to as disorderly persons offenses, and they can include many criminal charges such as simple assault, resisting arrest, writing bad checks, lewd behavior, possession of marijuana under a certain amount, shoplifting, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. For most people convicted of misdemeanor offenses, probation and monetary penalties are all the courts will order. Once the reparations have been made, it is important to take the necessary steps to expunge a criminal record.
Now, there is an exception to the five-year rule in some cases. If one is able to prove that they have been rehabilitated, usually by evidence of a steady job or completion of school, then the waiting period may be shorted to three years.
After the waiting period is complete, a petition must be filed with the court, and it may take three months or more for the judge to grant an expungement in New Jersey. The simpler the case is (fewer arrests, etc.), the more likely it is for expungement to be granted quickly.
If you are seeking a lawyer in South Jersey to help you navigate the expungement process, look no further than the Law Offices of Michele Finizio. Our Cherry Hill expungement lawyers represent clients in Camden County, Burlington County, Salem County, and Gloucester County. Schedule a legal consultation today by visiting our website or calling our offices at 609-230-0374 to learn more about the expungement process.